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Is lead in the US food supply decreasing our IQ?

In All, Environment, Food Products, General by Keri SzejdaLeave a Comment

Article by Keri Szejda and Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children. Using a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) database of food samples, EDF reported some pretty worrying numbers, most remarkably in fruit juice samples …

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USDA should establish a science-based regulatory system to address genetically engineered and gene-edited crops

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Multiple Views, Nutrition by Greg Jaffe

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Gregory Jaffe, Director of the Project on Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest, how genetically engineered and gene-edited crops should be regulated. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been regulating genetically engineered (GE) crops to ensure that they are not harmful to our agricultural …

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CRISPR: the bacterial immune system that revolutionized genomic research

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Guest Article, Multiple Views, Nutrition by Joe Zagorski

As part of our series of multiple perspectives on gene editing, we asked Joe Zagorski from the Michigan State University Institute of Integrative Toxicology how CRISPR has impacted his research. CRISPR is here to stay. There are few topics that garnish such diametrically opposed stances as genetic modifications of organisms, whether it be for gene therapy or development of disease …

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Check out this cool infographic on hazard and risk!

In All, Consumer products, Environment, Food Products, General, Multiple Views, Risk Bite Video, Science Bits by Keri Szejda

When talking about the safety of chemical ingredients in food and packaged goods, the topic of hazard and risk is something that often – and should – come up. Hazard is the potential to cause harm. Risk, on the other hand, has to do with the likelihood or probability of a harmful outcome actually occurring. And this depends on exposure – …

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Despite meat-heavy diet, indigenous tribe has world’s healthiest hearts — but why?

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Article by guest author Scott Seckel, ASU Now, Arizona State University Study shows low levels of arterial plaque in group with low good cholesterol, high inflammation Researchers have discovered that despite meat-heavy diets, low levels of good cholesterol and high levels of inflammation, an indigenous South American tribe has the healthiest hearts ever examined — and it might have something to …

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New plants engineered to thrive in harsh conditions could solve world hunger

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Guest article by Allie Necodemo, Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University For the past 17 years, Roberto Gaxiola has been in an exclusive relationship. But it has nothing to do with his social life. Gaxiola is a plant biologist at ASU’s School of Life Sciences, and he is committed to one single gene. But Gaxiola’s one and only is no …

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Want to eat fish that’s truly good for you? Here are some guidelines to reeling one in

In All, Environment, Food Products, General, Nutrition by Keri Szejda

Seafood is very healthy to eat – all things considered. Fish and shellfish are an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and they are low in saturated fat. But seafood’s claim to fame is its omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), all of which are beneficial to health. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly …

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Organic farming matters – just not in the way you might think

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Guest article by Verena Seufert, University of British Columbia and Navin Ramankutty, University of British Columbia Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just. Many people – from consumers and farmers to scientists and international …